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Bela Shah

Bela Shah

Bela is inspired to bring her knowledge and experience in transformational leadership, service learning, and social change to Net Impact's Fellowship programs. Before coming to Net Impact, Bela directed the global leadership program for Dalai Lama Fellows, which trained next generation social change leaders from around the world in mindful and compassionate leadership. She has also worked or volunteered with Amigos de las Americas, the Gandhi Ashram and Manav Sadhna, Pratham, and the U.S. Department of State's International Visitor Leadership Program. 

Bela graduated with Honors in Political Science from the University of Chicago and also earned her Juris Doctor from the University of Houston Law Center and the American University Washington College of Law.  As a pro bono attorney, Bela has volunteered with Catholic Charities to represent individuals seeking protection from persecution and other forms of violence.

  • I grew up wanting to be: a writer. In middle school, I spent many weekends crafting fictional stories, haikus, and sonnets. I continue to entertain this dream from time to time!
  • My most useful skill is: meditation. Meditation is like a super power that gives you back your freedom to choose how you want to respond to life and shape your journey.
  • The best advice I ever got is: "When in doubt, choose love." Remembering this advice always brings me back to the wisdom of my heart and I truly believe that the heart knows today what the mind will understand tomorrow.

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